Patricia Randle Richardson, who ventured far and wide from her birth in her grandmother’s front bedroom in Goodsprings, Ala. worked at different times as a school administrator, political fundraiser, and foundation head. She died on July 31 at her home in Woodstock, attended by family and friends. She was 75 and is remembered as being always a graceful, gracious, calm, and loving presence in the lives of family and friends.
Her husband of 51 years, Daniel P. Richardson, confirmed her death from kidney failure.
Mrs. Richardson, her siblings and cousins had what they describe as an idyllic childhood in rural northern Alabama. She graduated from the University of Alabama as a history major in 1960 and promptly got a job in Denver, Colo. There she met and married Dan Richardson. By 1966, they had three children, two sons and a daughter, and had moved to Boston, beginning a peripatetic life in which they lived a few years at a time in Vermont, Costa Rica, rural New York, Rhode Island and Pennsylvania, before settling in Virginia Beach, Vir, for more than a decade.
By then, Mrs. Richardson had worked as a director of admissions and assistant head at different schools, as assistant to the director at Independent School Management, and as volunteer coordinator for Planned Parenthood. She also earned her M.Ed. degree in Educational Administration from the University of Delaware in 1986.
In 1987 she was one of the founders of the Virginia Beach Foundation to support local arts and culture and served as its executive director for more than a decade. She also raised money to support the DeWitt Cottage wild fowl museum, the Attucks Theatre in Norfolk, and two candidates for Governor of Virginia, Don Beyer and Mark Warner.
In addition to her husband, Mrs. Richardson is survived by their three children and three others they consider their children, as well as nine grandchildren: Danny Richardson and his wife Denise Vaillancourt of Concord, N.H., and his three sons, Tanner, Cooper, and Walker; Randle and Susie Richardson of Woodstock, and their son Josh and daughter Liza; Betsy Richardson of Virginia Beach; Nils Haaland and his wife Sherri Geerdes of Omaha, Neb.; Amy Biancoli Ringwald of Albany, N.Y., and her two daughters, Madeleine and Jeanne, and son Mitchell; Constance Royster of Bethany, Conn., and her daughter Avery.
The oldest of five children, Mrs. Richardson is also survived by her sister Mary Sue Kennedy of Decatur, Ala., and her brother Glynn Perry Randle and his wife Karen of Athens, Tenn.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Juvenile Diabetes Association or Planned Parenthood.
This obituary first appeared in the August 8, 2013 print edition of the Vermont Standard.
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